Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding

Stanley Donen (1951)

89min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Here's a totally delightful oddity: a topical MGM musical, timed to chime in with the wedding of Princess Elizabeth (now the Queen) and Prince Philip, and actually incorporating library footage. Choreographer-turned-director Stanley Donen makes the most of his solo directing debut, despite an over-dependence on English stereotypes and fake fog. Donen has the inestimable benefit of the great Fred Astaire in the leading role, who provides his director with the movie's highlight, an incredible routine in which he dances effortlessly up the walls and on the ceiling of his room. Other plus points from Astaire are a duet with Jane Powell (replacing Judy Garland, who replaced June Allyson) and a further duet with a hat rack. It's a charming musical from a Hollywood studio at its height.

Summary

Musical comedy chronicling the adventures of a brother-and-sister dance team performing in London at the time of the then Princess Elizabeth's wedding. Starring Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford and Keenan Wynn.

Cast & Crew

Tom Bowen Fred Astaire
Ellen Bowen Jane Powell
Lord John Brindale Peter Lawford
Anne Ashmond Sarah Churchill
Irving Klinger / Edgar Klinger Keenan Wynn
James Ashmond Albert Sharpe
Sarah Ashmond Viola Roache
Director Stanley Donen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy Music